Westward Look - Tucson 2012 Show Report 3

7 February 2012

Welcome to the our report from the Westward Look Show 2012, perhaps the most prestigious of the shows in Tucson. The show takes place in the beautiful foothills of the Catalina Mountains at the Westard Look Resort Hotel.

On Wednesday, the day before the official set up, most of the members of our team were involved, one way or another, in the unloading, organising and arranging of cabinets and displays at the Westward Look room. The lads lifted, pulled and pushed the cabinets and the girls put the finishing touches to the display of fine mineral specimens in our four cabinets. So by Thursday we were ready to go and the first thing on our agenda was an interview with Bryan Swoboda and Dave Wilber in preparation for the "What's Hot in Tucson 2012" DVD.

Bryan is filming Lois, Dave Wilber and Ian during the interview.

To start the news from Westward Look we would like to show you some of the exquisite jewels we have on display in our own Crystal Classics / Kristalle room.

This is a particularly fine specimen of Serandite with its deep orange colouring and with associated Analcime (white) from the Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint Hilaire, Québec, Canada.
The Serandite crystal measures appx. 6.5cm tall x 4cm wide

Another beautyful Serandite, this time with a little Aegirine in association, from the same locality, this one measuring
5 x 3.8 cm.

A wonderful deep turquoise coloured Chalcophyllite from good old England - Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Gwennap, Cornwall.

A real cutie is this Matlockite from Bage Mine, Bolehill, Derbyshire, England.
The crystal cluster measures 1 x 1.3 cm.

Another beauty from a classic locality is this Cassiterite on Quartz from Schlaggenwald, Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.

We also had some great Wulfenites on display and I choose this one with its bright yellow crystals that drew the eye of almost every visitor. This specimen was found in Touissit, Oujda - Angad Province, Oriental Region, Morocco.

Right next to it were these two specimens: Left - Wulfenite form Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico and to the right a Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA.

Further along we had some great gem minerals on display and this Tanzanite below has such an electric translucent blue colouring, I had to take a photo of it to show you.

Zoisite var. Tanzanite (ca. 3.8 cm high) from the Merelani Hills,
Lelatema Mountains, Arusha, Tanzania.

Fluorite on Beryl var. Aquamarine and Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor,
Hunza Valley, Pakistan.

This Topaz with Smoky Quartz and Cleavlandite from the Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Pakistan is also pictured in our Hall of Fame.

A particularly rich pink coloured gem is this Topaz
Ghundao Hill, Katlang, Mardan Dist., North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.

Amongst our usual array of fine minerals from the Tsumeb Mine and other African locations we had these two specimens in our show cases.

It is rare to get such a rich Ludlockite from the famous Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.

A superb divergent fan of Rhodocrosite crystals on the black Hematite matrix from the Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Kesterite - Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref., Sichuan Province, China The specimen is 8 x 4.8 cm.

This amazing Antimony will be featured on our web site in the "Hall of Fame" very shortly - a once in a life time find from Lake George Antimony Mine, Lake George, York Co., New Brunswick, Canada

We also had an array of Copper specimens on display:

Native Copper - Onganja, Sees, Windhoek District, Khomas Region, Namibia

Native Copper from Houghton County, Michigan, USA

Native Copper (wires) from Osceola Mine, Osceola, Hougthon County, Michigan, USA. We acquired this specimen with the famous Henri Berney Gold collection in Switzerland last year.

One of the finest Moroccan Vanadinites that came out of AFC mine in Mibladene, Midelt, Khénifra Province.

Diana Schlegel and Ian Bruce in front of the show cases at Westward Look.

We visited a few of the other dealers at the show and some had very exiting pieces. We visited first Wayne Thompson who had amongst other things a couple of amazing large multi-coloured Tourmalines from Afghanistan, but what caught my eye were these particularly fine Alpine pieces.

Quartz crystals wth octohedral pink Fluorites to about 3/4" from the Goschener Alps, Goschener Valley, Uri, Switzerland.
The piece measures about 9" tall.

A superb specimen of Epidote almost entirely engulfed with extremely fine hairs of Byssolite from near Neukirchen, Salzberg, Austrian Alps.
The Epidote measures approximately 5" (12.5cm) end to end.
A  beautiful and very delicate piece.

Moving into Bryan and Brett Kosnar's Room we came across a few interesting items.
This nice cabinet had an assortment of quality thumbnails.

Amongst their larger pieces they had this interesting specimen of sub-parallel grown Phosphophyllite crystals from the Unificada Mine, Potosí Department, Bolivia.
The piece measures approx. 4" in length with individual crytsals reaching around 1/2"

This Valentinite from the San José Mine, Oruro Department, Bolivia caught our attention as one of a few that the Kosnar's had.
A nice thumbail with a sharp termination.

An interesting pinkish coloured Boracite from
Alto Chapare District, Chapare Province, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia.

A close up of the Boracite which measures around 1/2"

The Kosnar's also had a number of Copper Pseudomorphs after Aragonite from the well known location of Corocoro, Pacajes Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia.

This pair illustrates (on the left) the pseudomorph after complete replacement and (on the right) the Aragonite before replacement.
These crystals measure around 3/4" each.

One of the nicest items they had was this dark brown spray of Eosphorite crystals on Quartz which was in association with a little Zanaziite.

In the reception area of the Westward Look Show Ron Gladnick had a superb display of his own personal collection. All outstanding pieces one or two have to be mentioned here.

This superb "sunburst" Anglesite from the Touissit Mine, Oujda-Angad Province, Morocco, has to rate as one of the finest known.
Measuring around 4" tall Ron told me this piece had resided with a jeweller for some 40 years.

A close up of one of the central crystals in the cluster.

It was difficult to choose another of Ron's pieces to show here, they were all spellbinding to look at, but this pretty little Fluorite on Baryte from Spain stood out.

A very beautiful transparent Fluorite crystal on Baryte, with a deep lilac "skin" measuring around 1" from Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.

In the room of Fine Minerals International three specimens from Pakistan were of note, not particularly for their rarity, but in this case quality.

This particularly aesthetic group of Feldspar crystal with slender black Schorl Tourmalines projecting from a centre point measured around 14" end to end with the feldspars individually reaching 5".
From the Haramosh Mountains, Baltistan, Pakistan.

Fine Minerals international also had one or two of the recently extracted Stak Nala Tourmalines which are once again exhibiting the translucent pink and green coloured tips to their crystals.

This piece was particularly pretty with it's sub-parallel Tourmalines separated by thin pure white plates of Albite (var. Cleavelandite).
The piece measures around 3.1/2"
From the Stak Nala Pegmatites, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan

This Brookite crystal from The Kharan Mountains, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan shows the characteristic symmetrical internal patterning we are familiar with in some of these crystals. The crystal measures around 1/2" in length and was nestled with others between a mass of glistening Quartz crystals.

Cal Graeber and Leonard Himes shared one of the rooms this year. They had this noteable large piece of Quartz with rubellite coloured Tourmalines from the Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The double-terminated Quartz crystal measures abound 12" while the whole specimen is about 18". There is a little cleavelandite in association.

We weren't able to visit all the dealers at the Westward Look Show but our last call was the Collectors Edge room. They had a selection of interesting African pieces including this amazing pale lemon yellow Ettringite which came from the Uli Bahmann collection.

The crystal measures in excess of 4" and has associated Calcite and Hematite blades to the rear.
From the Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Collectors Edge also had this pretty blue velvety Shattuckite measuring around 2" long
from Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia.

One of the largest Epididymite crystals I have come across,
measuring around 7"
from Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi.

A particularly nice spherical aggregate of reddish pink Olmiite measuring 1" diameter on matrix.
From the Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

We will be presenting more mineral magic with our next report from the main show in Tucson the TGMS (The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show) which starts Next Thursday 9th Feb. 2012.

Author: Diana Schlegel and Dave Whipp
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